Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2009 - Medical - 400 pages
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Advancing Health Literacy addresses the crisis in health literacy in the United States and around the world. This book thoroughly examines the critical role of literacy in public health and outlines a practical, effective model that bridges the gap between health education, health promotion, and health communication. Step by step, the authors outline the theory and practice of health literacy from a public health perspective. This comprehensive resource includes the history of health literacy, theoretical foundations of health and language literacy, the role of the media, a series of case studies on important topics including prenatal care, anthrax, HIV/AIDS, genomics, and diabetes. The book concludes with a series of practical guidelines for the development and assessment of health communications materials. Also included are essential techniques needed to help people make informed decisions, advocate for themselves and their community, mitigate risk, and live healthier lives.
  

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Contents

A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 1 Health Literacy
1
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 2 Advancing Health Literacy
21
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 3 Defining Health Literacy
45
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 4 Literacy at Work
69
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 5 The Traditional Mass Media
93
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 6 Health Literacy and the Internet
117
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 7 Baby Basics
141
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 8 Anthrax
165
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 10 Highlighting the Role of Civic Literacy
205
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 11 Highlighting the Role of Cultural Literacy Part 1
223
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 12 Highlighting the Role of Cultural Literacy Part 2
243
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 13 Program Evaluation
263
A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 14 Guidelines for Advancing Health Literacy
287
A Framework for Understanding and Action References
315
A Framework for Understanding and Action Name Index
341
A Framework for Understanding and Action Subject Index
349

A Framework for Understanding and Action Chapter 9 Genomics and Health Literacy
183

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About the author (2009)

Christina Zarcadoolas, Ph.D., is associate clinical professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. She is a sociolinguist who has spent thirty years studying language and literacy of vulnerable populations.

Andrew F. Pleasant, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology and the Extension Department of Family and Community Health Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He previously served as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and actively conducts research both in the United States and internationally.

David S. Greer, M.D., is dean of medicine emeritus, and professor of community health emeritus at the Division of Biology and Medicine, School of Medicine, Brown University. Greer has been a family doctor, researcher, medical school leader, community leader, and mentor to countless health professionals for many decades. He was a founding director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

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